The Los Angeles Lakers strode into town on an 11-game winning streak against New Orleans, having swept the city’s NBA franchise for three consecutive seasons.
But behind a powerful performance by second-year forward Anthony Davis, the Pelicans put an end to that with an exclamation point, pulling way down the stretch for a 96-85 victory Friday night.
It was the second consecutive strong showing by the Pelicans (3-3), who stifled Memphis on Wednesday night for a big road win. And it was yet another impressive all-around game by Davis: He scored 32 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked six shots, giving him 17 in his past three games.
“He plays hard,” coach Monty Williams said. “And when you run the floor for dunk after dunk, it really lifts the team. We look for many nights like this for him and more wins.”
The Lakers (3-4), buoyed by a big win Thursday over the Rockets in Houston, seemed poised to be the latest to snatch victory from the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. But these are not yet the Lakers of rehabbing Kobe Bryant, who led Los Angeles to a comeback win from a 25-point deficit last season.